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CNET News.com: Messaging rivals call AOL on privacy, security issues

Jul 21, 2000, 18:47 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Hu)

"A group of America Online's instant messaging rivals today accused the Internet giant of using inflated security and privacy concerns to stall progress on technology standards that would allow its services to work with those of competitors. The charges challenge recent actions and statements by AOL aimed at easing concerns that it intends to use its massive lead in the instant messaging market to indefinitely lock out rivals. AOL has said it is not opposed to interoperability in principle, but it will not open its network without reasonable security guarantees."

"Those concerns are a smoke screen, critics alleged today in a white paper signed by 17 companies eager to cut AOL's competitive advantage, including Microsoft, Excite@Home, Qualcomm and CMGI-owned companies iCast, Tribal Voice, MyWay.com and Yesmail.com. "This document clearly articulates the fact that AOL's real objective is to stall interoperability," Margaret Heffernan, chief executive of iCast, said in a statement."

"Today's document was issued in response to AOL's June proposal for interoperability between AIM and its competitors, which was made to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet standards body. The white paper also responded to comments recently filed by AOL to the Federal Communications Commission."

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